At A Glance
- Expels intestinal gas
- Sooths the stomach
- Stimulates milk production.
Uses: Dill has the strongest effects on the digestive track. You can use to assist in relieving nausea when there is a sudden diet change or the animal ate something it shouldn’t have. Dill also has antibacterial properties that will help stop the spreading of an infection in the mouth but is not strong enough for the digestive tract. You can use both the herb and seeds to make a strong tea and give about 5 ounces to the animal. If the animal is not happy with the taste you can try to disguise it by adding a broth to the tea. Dill also contains a small amount of limonefe that does help repel fleas. However, it is not strong enough on its own. So consider adding dill to herbs such as rosemary and lavender when making a tea or spray to put on your animals.
In cases of colic in horses and other animals prone to bloat. Feed as much fresh herbs to animals that will eat the fresh plant until they start to have some relief.
Dill does contain carvone, anethofuran, and limonene. Which are oils that have shown to increase the production of certain types of cancer fighting enzymes. These enzymes react with certain carcinogenica chemicals eliminating them from the system. While this in itself represents only a small measure of cancer prevention it certainly makes it an herb to consider while dealing which cancer treatments.
Growing conditions: Dill is easy to grow from seeds. In cooler climes, plant seeds in the fall to have plants in the spring. In warmer areas you shouldn’t have a hard time starting the seeds in the spring. Dill is a self seeding plant so be sure you want it where you plant it the first time. If you want to move the herb you will often have sprouts in the old location for quite some time.
Risk Warnings: Dill is a safe herb due to its volatile oil constituents. However, it should be used conservatively in pregnant and lactating animals.